Karina Kangas, Ph.D Student, To Conduct Predoctoral Fellowship Workshop, Friday, May 4, 2012, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, GMCS 324

By Jennifer Keliher-Venegas

Karina Kangas, a Chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), approaches the close of her first year of doctoral studies with exciting news.

Karina was recently awarded two highly competitive Predoctoral science fellowships: The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded, Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) and the National Academies, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

As a first generation college student, doctoral student, wife and mother, these fellowships have provided a means for Karina to focus more intently on her graduate studies, advance her research, and help contribute to her family income.

This Friday, May 4th (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm) in GMCS 324, the MBRS alumna will be at SDSU to share her experience applying to both fellowship programs at a free MBRS-sponsored workshop.  Any aspiring science scholar will gain invaluable information in attending this event given Karina’s incredibly inspiring trajectory laden with recognitions which include her selection as the 2011 Outstanding Student in the College of Sciences and a 2010 Quest for the Best Award. Given her track record and wealth of experiences, Karina’s advice can surely be trusted.

Join us this Friday, May 4th at 4:00 pm in GMCS 324, to learn from Karina’s experiences and to profit from her numerable recommendations as a Predoctoral scholar. No regrets guaranteed.


MBRS Alumna, Karina Kangas, Ph.D. Student in Chemistry at UCSD

Karina on her MBRS IMSD Program Experience

“My experience with MBRS has been absolutely priceless and life changing. The program took a chance on me so early on as a sophomore and that opportunity really prepared me for a wonderful experience as an undergraduate. I truly believe that my life, and my son’s life, would not be the same today if I didn’t have the support and mentorship that the program and my research advisor provided me with throughout the three years that I was a scholar. Undoubtedly, I would not have had the opportunity to pursue my interests in chemistry, if it were not for the mentorship, support and guidance I received from MBRS. I love my MBRS family!”

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